Twitter bans Florida’s Luis Miguel for solicitation of shooting FBI, IRS and ATF agents
A Florida Republican candidate who wants to legalize shootings of federal agents said Friday he was banned from Twitter after posting his platform on the social network.
Republican Luis Miguel told Florida Politics on Friday he received a message from Twitter informing him of his permanent suspension.
“According to my plan, all Floridians will be able to shoot FBI, IRS, ATF and any other federal troops in sight,” Miguel wrote in his tweet, which was screencapped by Miami-based filmmaker Billy Corben. “Let freedom ring.”
The outrageous post, which Miguel also shared on Instagram and Facebook, appears to have disappeared from his other social media accounts as well.
Miguel told Florida Politics that he stands by his testimony, saying such violence was justified because the IRS was “armed by dissident forces.”
Miguel runs in an open elementary school in Florida’s recently redrawn 20th Ward, a mostly Republican area between Gainesville and St. Augustine. He will face incumbent MP Bobby Payne of Palatka in the August 23 primary.
Payne has surpassed his opponent by $100,000, with Miguel amassing a meager war chest of just over $4,000, according to Florida Politics.
Miguel’s testimony comes amid widespread concerns about renewed threats to law enforcement following the Aug. 8 FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago.